Friday, February 10, 2012

Powerful Peppermint

I have been using Young Living Essential Oils for about 4 years! I can't imagine my life without them. I have always been into natural remedies and try to avoid over the counter meds. if at all possible. I have had 3 natural births and been teaching childbirth for 10 years. I am a homeschooling mom, surrounded by Waldorf inspired teachers, whom all heal naturally. I found a anthroposopic pediatrician who believes in the mind and body connection. He spends at least 1/2 hour with each child. I feel fortunate to be able to explore this world of essential oils and to share my experiences with friends. I don't know anyone who wouldn't benefit from using these. On a day to day basis we all have some aliment that we probably take something for or at least want to. From waking up (caffeine) to headache or body aches ( pain killer). This is how I use Peppermint everyday!!! I try to get up at 6:30 a.m. to do my stretches and meditation. This may only last 10 minutes but it is worth it! I put 1-2 drops of peppermint in my hand and then put a quarter size amount of v-6 (carrier oil, like vegetable oil) in my hand. I rub vigorously together, then bring to my nose and take 3 deep breaths in. I then cover one nostril and take a few short breaths in, repeat on the other side. I then massage my face with the peppermint/v-6, rubbing my jaw (sore from clenching, leading to headache), rub my ears to help open up if closed, continuing down my neck, massaging sore muscles (from nursing a baby all night), then rub my tummy to help with digestion. I may also take a drop in my mouth for fresh breath! This process wakes me up and gets me going for the day! How many products can you use daily on many parts and use on your kids or pets, without side effects?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

What Makes Me Happy?

When I stop and think about what makes me happy, I come to the word order. I almost cringe at the word, when you think of it from a ego perspective. What I really mean is I want harmony, in the way we see it in nature. Where everything has a place and perfection, in order for the things to flow the way they are supposed to. I like to have a routine and schedule to look at. The things to do list, to check off, makes me smile. I like to meal plan weekly, so at 4 o'clock I know what we are having. I like to have a balance of home time, class time, friend time and me time. I enjoy getting up before everyone else, so I can breathe, stretch, do some yoga poses and meditate, even if only for a few minutes. I love holidays and parties. I enjoy hosting events where I can bring joy to others! I like peace. I like when my kids are playing together and being creative. I really love when they make up games to play. At 7 and 10, that is amazing! To be a kid for as long as possible, what a treat.
As a mom I usually come last. That doesn't make sense, because if momma isn't happy, nobody is! So, as my husband heads off for another baseball season, I sit and try to process, what makes me happy? How will I handle the daily stress of three kids, homeschooling, running a home, all while my husband is gone? I made a list on my new phone and am trying to line up another grandparent day, a yoga class, etc. I have a saying, I used to say all the time when I taught in the classroom, "prevention is the key." This goes beyond school, it is a good life tool. I have been looking ahead to the season of single mom time and have decided to prevent mom meltdown. If I implement help from the village, I should be less lonely and stressed. So my homework is, when someone asks something of me, I will ask myself, "what do I need first?" I can help others, only after I have given myself the first minute, not the last. Move at my pace, help myself, so I am able to meet the needs of others. What a new way of life for me!

Things I find fascinating

  • Bagua Board/ Dream board
  • Balanced Birth Approach
  • Birthing From Within
  • E Is For Ethics
  • Homeschooling
  • The Bradley Method Of Natural Childbirth
  • The Family Virtues Guide
  • The Power of Wisdom
  • Waldorf
  • Young Living Essential Oils
  • Zen in Ten Seconds